New police inspector identifies region's problems
WHEN Inspector Nicole Bruce lugged a four metre-high cannabis plant through the bush during a drug raid, she knew she was in the Northern Rivers.
The 39-year-old newcomer to the Richmond Local Area Command began her service at Mascot in Sydney 20 years ago.
Her career has taken her across the State and into the lives of numerous broken families.
“I've specialised in the domestic violence field,” she said.
Inspector Bruce joined Richmond LAC at Lismore in November from Orange and now covers Nimbin as one of the area's five duty officers.
The Northern Rivers is different from her old stomping ground out west, she said.
This area 'would have a greater domestic violence problem, certainly a lot more drug issues and, of late, all these sorts of youth issues have surfaced'.
But she came to the North Coast for family reasons - her sister, for instance, is a police officer at Ballina.
And now that Inspector Bruce has bought land, she wants to stay put for a while.
“I like the beach; I've got two hectares of property.
“There's no snow here.”
Inspector Bruce has also worked in child protection and is the area's gay and lesbian liaison officer.